26 Apr 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher



During this exciting time of change and expansion at Mayfield, we are now looking to recruit parents of the school to join our Governing Body. To be a Governor, you must be aged over 18 and be in a position to visit the school from time to time during the school day and regularly attend after school meetings, typically 4 or 5 evenings per half term. If you are interested in finding out more, please email Mrs. Pat Janiec, Clerk to the Governing Body on pat.janiec@ntlworld.com


We are in the process of finalising arrangements for the ‘Friends of Mayfield’ Summer Fete. If you work for a company which would like to provide services or prizes for the raffle or are interested in supporting this event in some other way – please email Mrs. Judith Firth, Chair FOM on FirthJ@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk


A gentle reminder to all members of our community around safe parking – please avoid parking on double yellow lines or ‘zig zags’ during school hours. Thank you!


To help our families plan their time, we have produced an extract of the school calendar containing all of the keys dates for Summer 1. This can be downloaded here.  


***School closed to all pupils on Monday 6th  May 2018***


Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior


It was good to welcome back all the pupils after Easter and it was lovely to hear how many of our Year 11 had taken advantage of the sessions offered over the Easter holidays. Well done to Year 11 and thank you to all the staff who gave up their time to run the sessions that were on.

It is very important that all our Year 11 pupils are ready for their final GCSE exams. We are required to run all public examinations in line with national rules. Please find here a link to some important information which outlines these in full.


However, in summary, all pupils must:

· Arrive at examination venues at the times specified with the correct equipment and in full uniform;

· Make sure that they do not have a mobile phone or similar devices on them during an examination – EVEN if it is switched off. Phones should be handed in at the start of the examination, they will be returned at the end;

· Not communicate or attempt to communicate with other candidates during the examination;

· Follow all instructions given to them by examination invigilators;

Failure to observe rules may lead to pupils being disqualified from one or more examinations.


I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our Year 11 the very best for these important tests. A full copy of the examination timetable can be found here.


In addition to the formal GCSE exams, we have exams running for pupils in all year groups in the Senior section in the coming weeks. Timetables for those exams are available here and there is information on revision in Mathematics, English and Science here.


Next Wednesday, 1st May, we will be hosting a session between 6.30 and 7.30 in the Drama studio to help all Senior Section parents who want to help their children through the upcoming exam period. During the session we will be focussing on revision techniques, helping your child to cope with stress and some practical tips as to how you can all successfully manage exam periods. Although the tips will be focussed on GCSE exams the session will be appropriate for parents of any year group in the Senior Section.


If you wish to book a place for this session then please go through our normal parent evening booking system here.  If you have any questions at all then please email Mr Gibson on gibsonr@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk


The Year 9 Parents evening is on Thursday 2nd May where pupils and parents can talk to staff about the Options process for Year 9. Pupils are going from 5 subjects to 3, and it is important that they make the best decisions for success. Booking for this is available on our website here and option forms can be collected on the night.

Looking forward, Year 11 ties, required by the current Year 10 for June 2019, are now available to purchase via the Tucasi online system. There is a link to this on our website here. If you have any queries regarding this, please email Mr Backhouse on backhoused@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk .


I am delighted that we have two teams in football cup-finals next week. Our Year 11 team play on Wednesday 1st May at 6:30pm against Miltoncross and our Year 10 team play on Friday 3rd May at 5pm against Springfield. Both matches are at Moneyfields and anyone wishing to support our teams would be very welcome. I wish them all the best of luck.


Years 7 and 8 have their Summer 1 Prep projects to complete this half-term. Full information regarding these can be found here. Homework club is available every night for pupils to attend if they want to attend. It is in room 151.

Can I take this opportunity to remind you that we require pupils to have a cycle helmet if they cycle to school. With the summer months beginning, most pupils will not require lights at this time of the year but it is important that all bikes are roadworthy, particularly with working brakes. We want all our pupils to arrive safely at school. Thank you for your support in this matter.




Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We have had a great start to the summer term!  The children have quickly got back into their learning routines with this half-term’s focus being on the Learning Superpower of being Resourceful.  This encourage children to work to use the resources and prompts around to apply of all the skills that they have learned.  Resourceful learners are able to work independently and think creatively to find new approaches to their work.


It has been a very exciting week first week back.  On Wednesday, we had the class photographs.  More information on how you can order your child’s class photo will follow when the proofs come back into school.  Due to a forecast for rain on Wednesday, we postponed the whole school photograph until 16th May. 


We have also had the start of the Year 3 swimming lessons this week.  The children seemed to enjoy their first lesson and these will continue every Wednesday for the next nine weeks.


On Thursday, Year R had their trip to Longdown Activity Farm.  We all thoroughly enjoyed being farmers for the day; feeding the goats, collecting the eggs, looking after the chicks and going on a tractor ride.  I was very proud of the children who were superb ambassadors for our school, demonstrating respectful behaviour and excellent manners all day.  Well done Year R!




Finally, Friday has had a sporting theme.  We have got a team of Year 2 children representing us at the Portsmouth Tag Rugby tournament this afternoon.  We have also been enjoying the Inter-House Fun Run in support of Mrs Beech, who is running the London Marathon this weekend.  Thank you to all of the families who donated to Mrs Beech’s charity, Dementia Revolution and ‘Good Luck’ to Mrs Beech for Sunday!


The rescheduled Parents Evenings for Seals Class are due to take place on Monday 29th April and Thursday 2nd May.  The appointments will be held with Mrs Sheppard in the Seals Classroom.  Please make sure that you book your appointment if you have not done so already.


Year 2 children are working tremendously hard towards their End of Key Stage 1 assessments.  We have arranged for a parents’ information meeting on Tuesday 30th April at 3.30pm and 4.30pm to go through the arrangements for the SATS and to explain how the results will be reported.  We are very keen that the children do not feel anxious about these assessments and are trying to keep the school days as normal as possible.  Therefore, these meetings are for parents only and will take place in the Seals classroom.  The children will be accommodated in the Dolphins classroom next door. There is no need to book in advance for these meetings – just come along on the day.


From the start of this term, the children are allowed to wear the summer uniform, which includes either a pair of shorts embroidered with the Mayfield M logo or the Mayfield summer dress.  These items now both available from our two uniform suppliers, Skoolkit and Penelope Anne.  Please note that shorts bought from other suppliers without the Mayfield logo are no longer allowed as part of the summer uniform.  The summer uniform can be worn through until the October half-term holidays.

Thank you for your support in maintaining our high standard of uniform.


Letters sent home this week:


Year 4 D-day Trip


Summer Uniform


Year 2 SATs Parents Meetings

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery




Welcome back after the Easter half term, I hope you had an enjoyable break.


As the weather will be starting to get warmer over the next couple of months, permission slips to apply sun cream, will be sent home.  Please return these to the office as soon as possible.


The topic in class over the next couple of weeks will be ‘Mini-beasts’.  The children will be using magnifying glasses to observe mini-beasts and begin to identify main features such as pattern, colour, size and shape.


Learning intentions linked to class topic:


  • bug hunt – identifying what bugs live in our school environment;
  • what do we already know about these bugs;
  • identify some of their features;
  • learn new vocabulary linked to topic;
  • use media and materials to create bugs for class display.


Words of the week will be ‘of’ and ‘we’.


Some important dates for you to remember:


  • 1st June – sports day for school leavers only (weather permitting)
  • 5th July – sleepover for school leavers only
  • 18th July – Graduation


Finally, if any parents have any spare plants or compost, could you please donate these to the pre-school and nursery so the children can plant in our garden.  Any donations would be really appreciated.

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